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Insignia, 6594th Test Group, U.S. Air Force


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This is the shoulder patch insignia worn by members of the U.S. Air Forces' 6594th Test Group, the unit that recovered film return capsules from Corona photoreconnaissance satellites between 1960 and 1972. The capsules were ejected from the Agena spacecraft while in orbit and reentered the Earth's atmosphere. At a low altitude a parachute was deployed and the 6594th Test Group's planes would retrieve the capsules before they landed. Virtually all the capsule recoveries took place in the Pacific near Hawaii. This patch was donated by Robert Flavell.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of Robert Flavell.


Natural Fabric


  • 3-D: 9.4 × 8.4 × 0.2cm (3 11/16 × 3 5/16 × 1/16 in.)
  • Storage: 15.2 × 14 × 2.5cm (6 × 5 1/2 × 1 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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